It's Hello Kitty's 40th birthday and, thanks to EVA Air, Sanrio's beloved pop icon and her friends will soon be taking passengers to Europe.
The Taiwanese airline announced yesterday that it will start flying its Hello Kitty-themed "Hand-in-Hand" jet between Taipei and Paris starting Oct. 29, 2014.
The colorful jet features major Sanrio characters holding hands the entire length of the aircraft, which is a Boeing 777-300ER that has been flying three flights a week between Taipei and Los Angeles since 2013.
(After Oct. 27, the scheduled Hello Kitty jet service between Taipei and Los Angeles will be replaced by a regular Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.)
The airline operates a total of four weekly flights between Taipei and Paris and in late October will add the Hello Kitty Hand-in-Hand jet to the regular schedule as BR87 from Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) to Paris' Charles de Gaulle (CDG) on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. On the return, it will fly as BR88, CDG-TPE on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, the airline said in a statement.
Like EVA Air's five Airbus 330 Hello Kitty-themed jets, which fly within Asia, the Hand-in-Hand jet features plenty of Hello Kitty-themed cabin features and service items.
An EVA Air spokesperson said that while most service items will remain the same, this fall Hello Kitty fans can look forward to new menus, new service tray mats, new napkins and new Hello Kitty-themed cutlery on all Hello Kitty jets.